Artem Beer
Graduation: December 2013
Major Operations Technology Management
  • How did you hear about the Wisconsin School of Business (WSOB)? I found out about the Wisconsin School of Business during my research of undergraduate programs in Madison. I was originally looking into the fields of economics and computer science; however, the depth of studies that the WSOB offers won me over. 
  • Why did you choose to pursue your degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison? Madison is one of the top-ranked universities in the world. We are tied with Harvard for the highest number of CEOs in the Fortune 500! UW-Madison is not only a place where great memories are made, but also where great leaders are shaped and the future is decided.
  • What are your future career aspirations? I aim to become an inspiring leader figure in the business world of tomorrow. I want my passion and dedication to drive myself and those around me toward a better and brighter future. I see a lot of opportunities for us young people, opportunities that we most often miss; I think we can do better. 

  • What are your favorite parts of Madison? I enjoy spending time in Union South, the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, and Grainger Hall.

  • Where is your favorite place to study in Grainger Hall? There are numbers of little hidden study places in Grainger that few know about. Third floor and higher offer very quiet tables and isolated space where you can concentrate much better than even in the silent portion of the library. Take some time and explore all of the corners of Grainger Hall.

  • What student organizations are you involved in within the school and on campus? For a year I was a member of Alpha Kappa Psi (professional business fraternity), but upon taking presidential responsibilities in the University of Wisconsin eSports club, I had to make a tough decision and part with that great organization.
  • Have you studied abroad? If so, where, and what did you learn from your experience? I'm all set to go to spend my fall in London, England. I am extremely excited to experience firsthandthe culture and the deep history of that nation. 
  • Have you held any internships? If so, where, and what did you learn from it/them? I had an amazing opportunity to intern for Colony Brands after my sophomore year. I was accepted to be a part of their Internet Marketing department and experience a truly professional environment for the first time in my life. In three months, I learned more about online retailing, search engine optimization, online analytics, web development, and the importance of networking than I had initially hoped.

  • What are your hobbies? I challenge myself to learn and try new things. With that in mind, my hobbies vary from reading classic novels and modern sci-fi books to playing tennis and weightlifting and, surprisingly, playing competitive video games such as Starcraft.
  • What is one unique thing about you that no one would know? Sometimes I get a sudden urge to become a pilot for the Air Force!
Erin Reynolds
Graduation: Spring 2014
Major Marketing
  • How did you hear about the Wisconsin School of Business (WSOB)? I knew I wanted to pursue a degree in marketing so I did research on the WSOB once I was accepted to the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Why did you choose to pursue your degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison? Aside from the beautiful campus, scenic city of Madison, and great academics, I decided to pursue my degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison because I have been a Badger fan since birth. My mom, dad, sister, and brother all attended UW-Madison. When it came time for me to decide on colleges as a high school senior, I could not picture myself going anywhere else.
  • What are your future career aspirations? I want pursue a career in brand or product management at an energetic and welcoming company. I want to work at a marketing firm where there is variety in the type of work that needs to be done. I’d like to be tested in my ability to adapt a marketing strategy to a certain product or service's specific needs, and I hope to be given the opportunity to manage my own marketing team and be the leader of an entire campaign.

  • What are your favorite parts of Madison? Camp Randall on game days, the Terrace, and Union South are my favorite places.

  • Where is your favorite place to study in Grainger Hall? I study best in a cubicle on the third floor of the Grainger library.

  • What student organizations are you involved in within the school and on campus? I am the vice president of networking and events for Mu Kappa Tau (MKT), the professional honorary marketing society. I am also a member of the marketing team for the All Campus Leadership Conference within the Student Leadership Program (SLP) and a Badger Business Buddies mentor.
  • Have you studied abroad? If so, where, and what did you learn from your experience? I will be studying abroad in London, England during the spring of 2013 through the UW Study Center. 
  • Have you held any internships? If so, where, and what did you learn from it/them? No, but I hope to have the opportunity to gain more knowledge about marketing and apply my skill set to a real-world situation through an internship next year.

  • What are your hobbies? I love baking, dancing, watching movies, and spending time with my friends and family.
  • What is one unique thing about you that no one would know? I was born without any wisdom teeth.
Heather Sterzinger
Graduation: Spring 2014
Majors: Accounting, Supply Chain Management Specialization
  • How did you hear about the Wisconsin School of Business (WSOB)? The University of Wisconsin-Madison has always stood out to me, and I knew I wanted to major in accounting when I was applying to different schools. After doing detailed research, I learned that the accounting program at the Wisconsin School of Business is simply outstanding, and I just had to be a part of it.
  • Why did you choose to pursue your degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison? The tour of UW-Madison sealed the deal for me! Why would you not want to go to a school located in a beautiful city with great professors, great academics, and great opportunities to succeed? I felt right at home on campus and knew it was the place for me.
  • What are your future career aspirations? In the future, I anticipate I’ll be able to volunteer my time and skills to a non-profit organization and help them with financial/accounting decisions.

  • What are your favorite parts of Madison? There is no better place than the Terrace in the summer. You’ll also find me at the farmers market on Saturday mornings and hanging out at Union South in the winter.

  • Where is your favorite place to study in Grainger Hall? I love a quiet place to study, so you can usually find me on the second floor of the library…hopefully at a big desk if they aren’t all taken! 

  • What student organizations are you involved in within the school and on campus? I am a member of Alpha Kappa Psi and was relationship manager for the Community Service Committee for two semesters. I am also a member of Institute of Management Accountants and Madison Business Mentoring, and am pledging Beta Alpha Psi this semester. Lastly, I am one of the founders and co-president of Badger Talking Points, a new student organization in the WSOB that helps students stay informed about business, financial, and general news.
  • Have you held any internships? If so, where, and what did you learn from it/them? I will be an accounting intern at Best Buy this coming summer at the corporate office in Minneapolis.
  • What are your hobbies? I love going to Badger football and basketball games. I also enjoy volunteering, playing tennis, running, and hanging with friends.
Jacob Blatnik
Graduation: Spring 2014
Majors: Managment and Human Resources, Finance and Investment Banking

  • How did you hear about the Wisconsin School of Business (WSOB)? I researched and was attracted to the WSOB because of its reputation for intense competition and challenging courses. I wanted to attend a school that would offer all the resources for students to excel, but I did not desire for the university to walk me through each baby step to graduation. Since the WSOB offered these opportunities in its courses, extra-curricular activities, and career services, but allowed students to tailor their experience, I knew the WSOB program would be a great fit. It puts the responsibility on students to take advantage of resources, to take initiative, and to accept challenges with a drive to overcome them. In this sense, the program demands self-discipline, drive, and a pursuit for excellence—characteristics which I know will help make me a more rounded business professional ready to enter the real-world. Ultimately, all of these characteristics embodied the growth-focused environment and challenge that I wanted in my collegiate experience.

  • Why did you choose to pursue your degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison? When I come to the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, I feel at home. I feel a sense of belonging and an enormous amount of pride and tradition with being a Badger. I sought to attend a university that has an energetic community, pride in its graduates, challenging courses, impactful student organizations, student resources that allow students to gain a uniquely impactful experience, excited students, and a comfort of home. I wanted it all, so it makes sense that I decided to attend Wisconsin. After all, “When you say Wisconsin…you’ve said it all.”

  • What are your future career aspirations? Upon graduation, I plan to pursue a career in consulting and eventually work into the nonprofit sector. Ultimately, I want to become the chief executive officer for a company so I can use the role to make the greatest positive impact on the people within the company and on those who work with us.

  • What are your favorite parts of Madison? From listening to bands at the Union, to playing pickup basketball games at the surf, to participating in student organizations, the University of Wisconsin-Madison is always busy with events and activities. Madison seems to never take a break, and I love it. My favorite spots to go on campus include the Terrace, running through the city and along the lakes, eating at the Memorial Union, and hanging out with friends basically anywhere on campus.

  • Where is your favorite place to study in Grainger Hall? My favorite place to study in Grainger is the undergraduate lounge. Its access is limited to BBA students and it has a casual atmosphere for studying, working on group projects, and just for getting a break. It is also the headquarters of the Wisconsin BBA Student Government, with which I have been very involved.

  • What student organizations are you involved in within the school and on campus? Being president of the Wisconsin BBA Student Government (BBA Gov) as a sophomore has been one of the most rewarding and exciting experiences I could have as an undergraduate. I have been challenged with the responsibilities of motivating members, reconstructing relationships with administration and business student organizations, creating systems and processes for the organization’s future operations, and several other important duties. Through these experiences, I have reinforced a lesson that I strive to practice: I don’t want to have a position to be known as great, but I want to have a position in which I can do something great. BBA Gov is where most of my passion and time has been spent this past year. Other organizations that I have been involved in on campus include Wisconsin Consulting Club, Habitat for Humanity, American Red Cross, Wisconsin Evans Scholars, DECA, and Society for Human Resources. Whatever I am involved in, I aim to make an impact that we can all be proud of!

  • Have you studied abroad? If so, where, and what did you learn from your experience? Although I am intrigued by the opportunities that the Wisconsin School of Business provides with studying abroad, I do not intend to study abroad as an undergraduate. I plan to backpack through Europe for a few months following graduation. 

  • Have you held any internships? If so, where, and what did you learn from it/them? I will be a group leader intern at Target this summer. I am excited for its opportunities to learn everything I can about distributions, logistics, leading a group in the real world, and working on a consulting project!
  • What are your hobbies? I love playing pick-up games of basketball, playing golf with a bunch of friends, going to Badger sporting events, volunteering, and watching movies with my friends.

  • What is one unique thing about you that no one would know? I do not think it is particularly unique or that people don’t know about it, but I love to have fun doing ballroom dance and pop/R&B dance with friends.
Jennifer Brochtrup
Graduation: Spring 2013
Major Accounting
  • How did you hear about the Wisconsin School of Business (WSOB)? My father is an alumnus of the WSOB, so I have always heard from him how great the school was. When I was looking for colleges to go to, the WSOB always came up as one of the top business schools in the nation.
  • Why did you choose to pursue your degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison? Most of my family has come to school at UW-Madison. I have heard about the school my whole life, so that was one reason I chose this university. I also knew that by attending this university, I would be receiving a top-notch education, no matter what major I decided on. I also loved the size of the university: it is big enough to meet many new people, but small enough when you make a close group of friends.
  • What are your future career aspirations? I am hoping to be accepted to the IMAcc program next spring, which would allow me to graduate with my masters in accounting in the spring of 2015. Right now I am hoping to find a job in the private sector in accounting.

  • What are your favorite parts of Madison? My favorite parts of Madison are the Memorial Union (the lake is perfect during the hot summers) and the Vilas Zoo.

  • Where is your favorite place to study in Grainger Hall? The study rooms are the best because they are quiet and you can spread out everything you are working on without bothering another person.

  • What student organizations are you involved in within the school and on campus? I am a member of Women in Business, a pledge for Beta Alpha Psi this semester, and a liaison for the Institute of Management Accountants.
  • Have you held any internships? If so, where, and what did you learn from it/them? I currently have an internship with the university in the research and sponsored programs. The most valuable things I've learned from this internship is how important communication skills are and how to lead a team. When you have to train new members and solve problems, you become very adept at changing your teaching styles to help a team member learn to solve problems.

  • What are your hobbies? I enjoy playing volleyball and basketball, reading, and spending time with my friends and family.
  • What is one unique thing about you that no one would know? I currently go to school with my three sisters and five cousins. I have had 15 other family members graduate from this university.
Karen Sanchez
Graduation: Spring 2013
Majors: Marketing, Supply Chain Management Specialization
  • How did you hear about the Wisconsin School of Business (WSOB)? It was my mom, a Wisconsin alumna, who encouraged me to visit Madison’s campus. After researching the nation’s top business programs, the WSOB continued to stand out.
  • Why did you choose to pursue your degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison? The WSOB’s strong reputation combined with its supportive environment led me to pursue a BBA at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I can now attest that Madison offers unrivaled professors, staff, and campus life.
  • What are your future career aspirations? My career aspiration is to find a challenging position that builds on my university skills and knowledge, and grow with a consumer packaged goods (CPG) company where I can continue to learn, take on stimulating responsibilities, and contribute as much of value as I can. In the near future, I would like to attend graduate school in pursuit of an MBA.

  • What are your favorite parts of Madison? I enjoy the Terrace and Lake Mendota in the summer, and the arboretum in the winter.

  • Where is your favorite place to study in Grainger Hall? I study best in the large cubbies on the second floor of the library. 

  • What student organizations are you involved in within the school and on campus? I am involved with Wisconsin BBA Government, Delta Sigma Pi, Hoofers Council, and the Hoofer Sailing Club. I also founded the Textbook Affordability Committee on Shared Governance in Associated Students of Madison (ASM).
  • Have you studied abroad? If so, where, and what did you learn from your experience? I studied abroad at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain during the spring semester of 2012. Among other things, I learned to develop greater empathy for my surroundings and those around me. My definition of “normal” changed entirely. 
  • Have you held any internships? If so, where, and what did you learn from it/them? While abroad, I was a marketing intern at Whirlpool and developed Iberia’s online portfolio initiative. This summer, I will be a Consumer & Market Knowledge (CMK) intern at Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati.

  • What are your hobbies? I enjoy sailing on Lake Mendota, hiking, photography, and playing the piano.
  • What is one unique thing about you that no one would know? I explore a new country for every year that I live.
Melissa Gigliotti
Graduation: Spring 2014
Major Marketing
  • How did you hear about the Wisconsin School of Business (WSOB)? I found out about the WSOB when looking at the real estate program, which is highly ranked in the nation.
  • Why did you choose to pursue your degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison? The sense of community I feel walking the UW-Madison campus is what drove me to attend the university. The prestige the name holds and the people it contains are at the core of what made me fall in love with the UW. I felt like I was ready to give my all to a school that was more than willing to help me pursue my career aspirations.
  • What are your future career aspirations? I hope to work in marketing for a socially responsible corporation with goals and ideologies that align with my own in order to fully be passionate about what I am doing.

  • What are your favorite parts of Madison? I enjoy running along the lakeshore path during a sunset over the lake, visiting Henry Vilas Zoo, and eating at State Street restaurants like Buraka. 

  • Where is your favorite place to study in Grainger Hall? The study rooms in Grainger are the place to be!

  • What student organizations are you involved in within the school and on campus? I am on the executive board of Mu Kappa Tau, the professional honorary marketing society in the WSOB. I am also a part of the Student Leadership Program.
  • Have you studied abroad? If so, where, and what did you learn from your experience? I plan to study abroad in spring 2013 at John Cabot University in Rome, Italy. 
  • Have you held any internships? If so, where, and what did you learn from it/them? I was the student brand manager for Chipotle Mexican Grill from fall 2011 to spring 2012. I love what the company stands for, which is food with integrity. They back their core concepts one hundred percent and are not willing to take any shortcuts on quality to save money. Working for Chipotle this past year has reaffirmed the fact that I want to work for a company that I am extremely passionate about. Chipotle’s ideals about where food comes from and how it should be produced are aligned with my views.

  • What are your hobbies? I love to play golf, exercise, cook extravagant meals, and paint my nails.
  • What is one unique thing about you that no one would know? I was a pretty amazing baby. I was in a diaper crawling contest when I was six months old and won a year of free diapers. I started walking at nine months. And I potty trained myself on my second birthday.
Michelle Ruppert
Graduation: Spring 2013
Majors: Marketing, Spanish, Health Care Management Specialization
  • How did you hear about the Wisconsin School of Business (WSOB)? My cousin graduated from UW-Madison with a business degree, and my sister spent a couple of semesters in the WSOB before switching to journalism. That was many years ago, though, so the most major influence in my consideration of the WSOB was that one of my friends applied to it freshman year. I wasn’t particularly interested in business when I applied, but I knew that this school was the best place for me to work on my biggest weaknesses at the time: presentation and interpersonal skills. I was right—the last few years have helped those areas immensely! Plus, after a while, I also discovered a passion for marketing and communications. I’m definitely in the right place.
  • Why did you choose to pursue your degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison? I knew that UW-Madison was an outstanding school and, honestly, it was much more affordable for me than the private schools I was considering. I knew I would have the financial flexibility to do some things for which I had worked hard, like studying abroad. Plus, some of my family attended the university, so they were testaments to the experience.
  • What are your future career aspirations? With each new experience I have, I feel like my career aspirations change. One day I’m thinking about health care management, and the next it’s the food supply...so, I’m staying open to the possibilities I come across. Generally, I hope to be working in marketing communications. I want to be able to exercise creativity and work with people, hopefully in a people-centered or service-centered environment. That’s where I’m happiest.

  • What are your favorite parts of Madison? My favorite parts of Madison are the lakes. They contribute so much to the beauty of this city. I love running around Monona Bay, sitting on the tip of Picnic Point, and hanging out on the Terrace. I grew up in a river town, so there’s something about being near the water that is so familiar to me.

  • Where is your favorite place to study in Grainger Hall? My favorite place to study in Grainger Hall is the café. Or is it my favorite place to socialize? It’s probably more of the latter.

  • What student organizations are you involved in within the school and on campus? I am involved with Madison Business Mentorship and the Badger Cru Creative Communications Team.
  • Have you studied abroad? If so, where, and what did you learn from your experience? During the 2011 spring semester, I studied abroad in Sevilla, Spain. I cannot even begin to account for all that I learned during that semester. I would say that one of the most important changes came with learning how to deal with embarrassment due to constantly messing up the language. I never liked making mistakes, and many times in the past, the fear of error held me back from taking risks that would have benefited me in the long haul. My experience in a new culture helped me to get over that. I learned a lot about adapting there. 
  • Have you held any internships? If so, where, and what did you learn from it/them? From May 2011 through May 2012, I worked as an online communications intern for the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) in Madison. My boss was a wonderful mentor and resource who helped me sharpen my writing skills and let me dabble in various other forms of communication. I was reminded of how much I like to write, and I hope to be able to leverage those skills in my future career opportunities. In the summer of 2012, I will be working for Kohl’s as a merchandise analyst intern.
  • What are your hobbies? I like to play soccer, try new recipes, read, go to concerts, and photograph my adorable nieces and nephews.
  • What is one unique thing about you that no one would know? I feel like I’ve been asked this question so many times in ice breakers when classes start each semester that I don’t have anything unique left to offer that someone hasn’t heard before. I suppose that most people don’t know that, although I love kids, I don’t know if I want to have any of my own biologically. There are a lot of children out there without parents who need love, so I think that I will seriously consider adoption in the future.
Nicholas Bruhn
Graduation: Spring 2014
Major Accounting
  • How did you hear about the Wisconsin School of Business (WSOB)? I had known that I wanted to major in accounting since my junior year in high school, and my accounting professor in high school was an IMAcc graduate. While I knew I wanted to go to UW-Madison, he made the decision that much easier. The Wisconsin School of Business has a great accounting program so the decision made sense to me.
  • Why did you choose to pursue your degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison? I am from Wisconsin, so the exposure to the university since childhood has fueled that passion that I feel many of my peers here feel as well. Also, the University of Wisconsin-Madison has a very prestigious business school which appealed to me because I am majoring in accounting.
  • What are your future career aspirations? I am leaning toward public accounting right now. After shadowing at mid-size and Big Four accounting firms, I am fairly open to many aspects of accounting and business as a whole.

  • What are your favorite parts of Madison? My favorite place to go is the Memorial Union Terrace in the summer—Madison takes on a whole new feel when deadlines for assignments and projects are not perpetually looming! I also enjoy bicycling around the city to explore new places that most students do not get the chance to see.

  • Where is your favorite place to study in Grainger Hall? I enjoy studying on the first floor of the Grainger library. While it can get noisy, the library usually ends up being more of a social getaway with friends as opposed to a place for hard-core studying.

  • What student organizations are you involved in within the school and on campus? During my first semester on campus, I joined Alpha Kappa Psi, to which I credit almost all professionalism and a good deal of my personal development since I stepped foot into Grainger years ago. I am currently the vice president-membership of the organization which is intrinsically rewarding for me because I am able to pass on the great experiences I had as a pledge and hopeful business school admit. I am a member of the Wisconsin School of Business Welcome Committee, which plans a week of welcome events to acclimate pre-business freshmen and transfer students to the business school. I am the administrative chair of the Underclassmen Outreach Committee, which works to prepare pre-business students for the business world. The common theme in my involvement is that I am passionate about giving back to pre-business students and preparing them for all that the Wisconsin School of Business and the business world will throw at them. There is absolutely nothing that I would change about my first year on campus, and I want to provide others with that same experience.
  • Have you held any internships? If so, where, and what did you learn from it/them? I interned at the Central Wisconsin Center in Madison during the summer of 2011. The Central Wisconsin Center is a state-run organization that takes care of individuals with developmental disabilities, most of whom cannot walk, eat, or breathe on their own. I was a management intern in the Quality Improvement Department. While the internship did not focus on anything related to my major, it was a great learning experience that allowed me do real-world projects under time constraints with professionals from various backgrounds.

  • What are your hobbies? I enjoy kayaking, bicycling, and playing ping-pong.
  • What is one unique thing about you that no one would know? I used to have a very large birthmark on the right side of my face. It was removed in seventh grade because doctors thought it was cancerous, but fortunately it was not. Due to my lack of baby and childhood pictures on Facebook, not many people on campus know that about me.
Rebecca Radke
Graduation: Spring 2013
Major Real Estate and Marketing
  • How did you hear about the Wisconsin School of Business (WSOB)? The reputation of the Wisconsin School of Business was something I discovered in high school after I knew I was going to be attending UW-Madison. During my freshman year here, nothing was more important than meeting the requirements and completing my application for the WSOB.
  • Why did you choose to pursue your degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison? I have wanted to attend UW-Madison ever since high school. Who wouldn't want to live within blocks of the Wisconsin State Capitol, Bascom Hill, and the Union Terrace, while also focusing on receiving a degree from one of the best universities in the world?
  • What are your future career aspirations? It's always hard to know exactly what the ideal situation would be, but I do hope to be working with a large firm somewhere around the Chicago or Minneapolis areas.

  • What are your favorite parts of Madison? Madison is truly unique. My favorite parts of Madison would have to be the Union Terrace, Capitol square (especially during the farmers market!), and Camp Randall during a rivalry football game.

  • Where is your favorite place to study in Grainger Hall? It depends on what exactly I'm studying. If I need an outlet, it's great to be on the quiet floor of the library, but otherwise Capital Cafè suits my needs.

  • What student organizations are you involved in within the school and on campus? Within the WSOB, I am going to be the 2012-2013 president of the Underclassmen Outreach Committee, Mu Kappa Tau, and the Real Estate Club. Outside of the WSOB, I am the president of Student United Way.
  • Have you studied abroad? If so, where, and what did you learn from your experience? I had the AMAZING opportunity to go on a two-week study abroad program through Kohl's to China this spring, more specifically to Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. This experience is one that I will truly never be able to duplicate. I discovered that it is important to be interested in learning about and immersing yourself into other cultures, especially those very different from your own. The experience taught me a lot about myself and what I value, as well as the fact that I need to travel more! Given the chance, I would definitely go back to China. 
  • Have you held any internships? If so, where, and what did you learn from it/them? I did have an internship last summer, between my sophomore and junior year, at Target Stores as a stores executive intern in Fond du lac, Wisconsin. This experience was fantastic: I learned that culture is something I really value in a company, and Target has a lot of it! It was intense, fun, and a great learning experience...great enough that I am actually staying with Target and heading to Minneapolis to be a business analyst intern this summer.

  • What are your hobbies? My hobbies mostly include just relaxing with my friends, whether that is by sitting on the terrace, shopping on State Street, or just watching old movies.
  • What is one unique thing about you that no one would know? Most people probably don't know that I am the youngest sibling in my family out of four, with my oldest brother being 12 years older than me. I don't mind this one bit because I now have twin nephews, one niece, and one more nephew on the way!
Taylor Kuypers
Graduation: Spring 2014
Majors: Marketing, Supply Chain Management Specialization
  • How did you hear about the Wisconsin School of Business (WSOB)? I grew up in Madison and have always bled Badger Red! Both my father and grandfather attended the WSOB and I wanted to carry on the family tradition. I visited the school, took a tour, and immediately made my commitment to follow in their footsteps.
  • Why did you choose to pursue your degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison? The University of Wisconsin-Madison has some of the most distinguished and acclaimed faculty. Every professor, including his or her teaching assistant, is extremely approachable and supportive. I enjoy the students, the faculty, and the many Wisconsin athletic sporting events. I wanted to pursue my degree at the university and take part in the rich University of Wisconsin history with the class of 2014.
  • What are your future career aspirations? I plan to work in the marketing field with a company that sells extreme sports apparel or mountain apparel. I find that the specialty calls for individuals who not only enjoy extreme sports but can also handle the ever-changing, fast-paced environment.

  • What are your favorite parts of Madison? The lakes! There’s nothing better than sitting at the Union Terrace with friends and enjoying the sunshine and warm weather. The farmers market and Art Fair on the Square are great ways to spend a Saturday, too. I like to stroll down State Street and find something tasty to eat. There is so much variety…and you’re bound to bump into someone you know!

  • Where is your favorite place to study in Grainger Hall? The Grainger Undergraduate Lounge would have to be the best place to open up your books and get some reading done. It is quiet, comfortable, and there is always someone there to ask for advice on accounting homework!

  • What student organizations are you involved in within the school and on campus? I am involved with MKT, also known as Mu Kappa Tau. I have met some of my best friends in the club.
  • Have you studied abroad? If so, where, and what did you learn from your experience? I was fortunate enough to take a spring break trip to China visiting Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Beijing to study how Kohl’s retail and supply chain operations function. I learned how detailed, time-oriented, and efficient all systems must be functioning to have a reliable and profitable business. 
  • Have you held any internships? If so, where, and what did you learn from it/them? I held an internship with Spectrum Brands in their Rayovac division as a trade-marketing intern. I gained valuable knowledge on day-to-day functions within a corporate setting.

  • What are your hobbies? I enjoy water skiing and snow skiing. I also like to wakeboard and I’m always ready to watch a good movie!
  • What is one unique thing about you that no one would know? I have been skydiving three times and bungee jumping twice.
Yue Jiang "Rita"
Graduation: Spring 2013
Major Accounting
  • How did you hear about the Wisconsin School of Business (WSOB)? I read about WSOB in the b.Line magazine and talked with one senior representative one year ago.
  • Why did you choose to pursue your degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison? I wanted to go to a public university with outstanding academic staff and a friendly and challenging environment. The University of Wisconsin-Madison topped my list at that time and I did not hesitate to accept the offer when I received the acceptance letter.  
  • What are your future career aspirations? I hope to be a respectful certified public accountant with strong ethics and in-depth understanding of the industries I specialize in. I also want to build expertise through work and help small and medium-sized enterprises to manage business risks and maintain sustainability.

  • What are your favorite parts of Madison? I love all the bike paths in Madison. When the weather is good, I bike around the lakes and sometimes let the trail lead me out of the city into the wild.

  • Where is your favorite place to study in Grainger Hall? The undergraduate lounge has the most comfortable couch to sit on and enough outlets to recharge laptops. I love to study and relax there before a class, as it becomes part of my ritual to keep calm and re-energize myself.

  • What student organizations are you involved in within the school and on campus? I was very involved in the Program Planning Committee of International Student Services, where I organized and assisted with various academic and social events for international students in order to help them adjust to a new environment and make new friends. Beyond the committee, I was a member of Beta Alpha Psi (the professional accounting organization) and International Reach (a volunteer program). I also volunteered for the Rainbow Project, Inc.
  • Have you studied abroad? If so, where, and what did you learn from your experience? Since I am an international student from China, I am studying abroad in the United States. The most valuable lessons I've learned from my experience is to keep a positive attitude, an open mind, and a warm heart. This allows me to see opportunity in every difficulty, embrace cultural differences, and care about people around me. It definitely has helped me to make reliable friends in this country. 
  • Have you held any internships? If so, where, and what did you learn from it/them? I have interned in the Minneapolis office of KPMG in 2012. The internship was an amazing experience because I worked with great people and enjoyed the challenging work environment. The best part is that I have improved soft skills though networking with professionals and building business relationships with clients. The development of soft skills is often beyond classroom learning.

  • What are your hobbies? I like biking, doing yoga, reading, watching TV shows, and dining out with friends.
  • What is one unique thing about you that no one would know? Thanks to a large number of great bakery shops in Madison, I have to work out frequently in order to indulge in sweets and burn up all the extra calories.